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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Aug 27, 2011 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veneta 1972 - Greatest Dead show?

When even the Mexicali Blues is epic, you know you're in for a special performance. This is simply my favorite Dead show of all time, and easily makes the case for a best-ever performance.

I'll never understand Dick's aversion to this show; I have a hard time respecting his opinion when he call this "one of the most overrated shows ever."

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 27, 2011 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veneta 1972 - Greatest Dead show?

Promised Land, Deal, China Cat > Rider, Mexicali Blues, Bertha, and Bird Song are played very well. I've listened to them over and over. Dark Star has a free-form jazz jam in there (to my ears). The DS jam is played a bit up-tempo (fast) for this period ('73-ish). So, I would add, "This show is an enigma!"

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 27, 2011 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veneta 1972 - Greatest Dead show?

Of course, the Dead themselves considered this show overrated too! For many years they wouldn't allow an offical release of the movie because they thought the show was subpar & "out of tune"... Go figure.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Aug 28, 2011 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Veneta 1972 - Greatest Dead show?

The show is great. I love it and listen to it all the time....but it is out of tune, at least based on the recording. I know they can get distorted and a little off pitchwise though. Anyway, it's still a sick show and even if they are out of perfect tune who cares? They are in tune with each other and that is what matters.